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Dec. 16 2009 - 4:42 pm | 112 views | 0 recommendations | 1 comment

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Millenium Trilogy Movie Rights Go to Sony, Rudin – Thompson on Hollywood

Cover of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo...

Cover of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

On a recent trip to London, I picked up a copy of the U.K. hardcover edition of the third installment of the late Swedish author Stieg Larsson’s Millenium Trilogy, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, and have been lending it to my friends ever since. (It won’t be published stateside until May.) The three books are addictive, globally popular (they have sold more than 20 million copies), and have spawned a Swedish film trilogy that is also scoring at the worldwide box office. The subtitled The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo arrives stateside via Music Box on March 19. (A trailer is on the jump.)

Naturally, Hollywood is keenly interested in an English-language remake. Complex negotiations have been under way since last summer. The rights are no longer bogged down by issues surrounding the contested estate of the late author, who died of a sudden heart attack in 2004 just before the publication of the first novel. Under frequent death threats for his investigative journalism, he tried to protect his common law wife by not marrying her. But he never left a will. Eva Gabrielsson, who has no rights under Swedish law, has been hanging on to his laptop and its contents, which could hold the seeds for more sequels. But she doesn’t own those rights.

The existence of the Swedish film trilogy complicates matters, but closing the complicated deal is mainly about getting rights sorted. A Millenium Trilogy movie deal at Sony Pictures is expected to be announced shortly with producer Scott Rudin and writer Steve Zaillian. Rumors swirl of interest from the likes of Quentin Tarantino (denied by his agent) and George Clooney, who seems like perfect casting for muckraking journalist womanizer Mikael Blomkvist.

Who should play Blomkvist and his sidekick, bisexual tattooed hacker detective Lisbeth Salander, one of the great ass-kicking heroines of modern fiction?

-story continued via my blog, Thompson on Hollywood: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Millenium Trilogy Movie Rights Go to Sony, Rudin – Thompson on Hollywood.


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